When you have a gazillion things going on, anything not written down runs the risk of being forgotten. For Global Girl, it’s as important for me to remember the journey as is to launch a successful business. For that reason I’m going take the time to journal my steps with this blog.
Global Girl is not a completely new thing. It’s more of the next iteration of my creative business life that I started while I was still in college. Next to salvation and family/friends, I count the gift of creativity as one of God’s greatest gifts to me. My earliest creative memories are of me sketching some gorgeous gown on ditto paper or draping fabric scraps around my Barbie dolls and sewing them by hand.
[photo of Barbie Doll designs – circa 1980]
Both my mother and grandmother sewed but by the time I was born I saw very little sewing going on. Still there were fabrics, patterns, and a Sears Kenmore sewing machine available to me which I used to teach myself how to sew on in high school. I became known for making eveningwear, prom dresses, and other fancy stuff. My cousin Nichole was my muse because she was what I considered to be the perfect size for fashion - a 12.
My first sewing machine - Sears Kenmore, circa 1978
As my life changed so did my sewing. When I moved onto the dorm in college I started making curtains, pillows, and even a quilt. When I was growing out my Halle Berry cut I started making fabric hats to wear after receiving one-to-many looks from my 2nd grade teacher Mom about visiting her school looking a hot mess with a random baseball cap on my head.
A few of the hats I've made for one of my early ventures - Hattitudz
My first actual business venture was suggested by Mom who must have been impressed by my hatmaking game. The lady who managed the vendors at the Annual COGIC Holy Convention just happened to attend my church so my Mom suggested I ask her about getting a booth and selling my hats. I reached out and she found a spot for me to share a booth with 2 other vendors. I didn’t have many hats made so it was an on-the-fly decision to bring the few hats I had, some fabrics, and that Sears Kenmore sewing machine with me so I could make more hats onsite. Hattitudz was a big hit.
The ability to buy a one-of-a-kind, custom-made item was a novelty back in the early nineties. By year three, I was able to pay for my own booth. I really enjoyed being around The Saints and meeting people from all across the USA.
Continued in Part 2